solidsteel SS-6Raw - A Stand That Won't Join the Band!

If you are looking for an upgrade to your existing stand mount speakers then the solidsteel speaker stand range is definitely worth a demonstration.

solidsteel Raw

solidsteel Raw

KEF LS50 SS-6Raw

KEF LS50 SS-6Raw

We have recently taken on solidsteel in our show room and are blown away by the performance and style of the SS-6. There is no doubt that this is an upgrade to what your speaker can already offer.

Available in white, black or the very pretty raw finish the SS-6 is simple yet elegant with its tripod style design. They just create the perfect base to extract the very last bit of detail from the speakers.

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SolidSteel are an Italian Hi-Fi furniture manufacturer whose mission statement is “to serve music and nothing else.” With 29 years of providing excellent home audio furniture solutions this experience really shows through with the performance of the SS-6 speaker stands.

SS-6 top plate and bearing isolation

SS-6 top plate and bearing isolation

What to expect? Well………You have not heard your speakers sound this good, whether you are driving £200 loudspeakers or £2000 loudspeakers the SS-6 stands will undoubtedly improve the performance. Bass tightens up, soundstage widens and the overall transparency of the speakers increases. You are no longer listening to your speakers but being immersed in sound and the music just flows.

As our tag line states, “the stand won’t join the band”.

Available in 3 different heights, 50cm, 60cm and 70cm and 3 finishes, black, white and the raw (displayed in the these pictures).

solidsteel HiFi furniture is available in the following Audio T shops, Brentwood, Bristol, Cheltenham, Enfield, Manchester, Preston, Southampton, Swindon, Swansea and Cardiff.

Michell My Belle! Customer Upgrades His Gyro Turntable With Michell Techno Tonearm

Christmas arrives a little early for one of our customers as he has treated himself to a new tone arm on his Michell Gyro turntable. He had an ageing Rega RB300 previously installed on the turntable that was starting to become troublesome. With our advice the customer chose the obvious choice, the Michell Techno A tonearm in black to match the existing finish of the turntable.

Michell Gyro with new Techno A arm fitted

Michell Gyro with new Techno A arm fitted

At the same time we have also removed the old acrylic plinth and lid giving the deck a much slicker look and feel. This was achieved by adding the Michell Gyro Spyder kit as shown below. The old deck is dismantled and the feet are removed from the plinth and threaded on to the new Spyder.

Michell Gyro Spyder kit

Michell Gyro Spyder kit

Techno A arm unboxing

Techno A arm unboxing

New arm mounting plate

New arm mounting plate

The old arm mounting plate needs to be replaced as it is the single mounting point plate. The new mounting plate is seen fitted in place above. The new three point mount all ready for the new tone arm.

Tonearm mount from top

Tonearm mount from top

Techno A arm fitted

Techno A arm fitted

Next we need to fit the cartridge to the tonearm. Our customer decided to go for the Rega Ania MC cartridge as shown below.

Rega ANIA MC cartridge during fitting

Rega ANIA MC cartridge during fitting

Rega ANIA MC cartridge

Rega ANIA MC cartridge

Now we need to adjust the height of the tonearm to make sure the vertical tracking angle is correct for the cartridge installed. This is achieved by the clever Michell thread at the mounting of the arm. In this case no adjustment was needed so the three mounting screws can tightened to fix the tonearm in place.

Tonearm height adjustment

Tonearm height adjustment

Michell Techno A arm Scallop counter weights

Michell Techno A arm Scallop counter weights

Two different weight scallops are supplied depending on the weight of your cartridge. In this case the larger of the two has been used.

Scallop counter weight in place

Scallop counter weight in place

Checking tracking force

Checking tracking force

Above we are checking the tracking weight using Project Measure IT stylus balance gage.

Ready for the first play

Ready for the first play

Cue up ready……”drop the needle on the record”

Cue up ready……”drop the needle on the record”

Michell HR power supply + Nytech CDP122

Michell HR power supply + Nytech CDP122

Above is the is older Michell HR power supply (this has now been replaced with a more modern looking box and case work) alongside the Nytech CDP122, our weapon of choice at the moment when it comes to supplying moving magnet or moving coil setups.

Final pic of the completed setup

Final pic of the completed setup

Thanks to Steve for his permission to blog about his latest audio upgrade. In the pic above we have the front of his home cinema setup. The classic Pioneer plasma, Arcam AVR550, REL S3, Oppo UDP-203 & the now discontinued Bowers & Wilkins 683S2 teamed with the HTM61S2 center speaker. He finishes off his surround system with two B&W M1 speakers on the rear and B&W CCM665 in the ceiling for Dolby Atmos, creating a very impressive 5.1.2 system. Michell Techno A arm and Rega ANIA MC cartridge is available from all branches of Audio T.

Michell Engineering turntables are available from the following branches of Audio T:
Brentwood, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton, Swansea

Thanks for reading: Hefin, Nick (blogger) and Kerrin Audio T Cardiff.

The Cyrus Phono Signature Arrives in Enfield!

The Phono Signature takes form in the classic half sized Cyrus chassis which perfectly integrates into any Cyrus Hi-Fi system. This die-cast aluminium chassis provides superior electrical shielding and a mechanically vibration-free enclosure for all of the critical audio components housed within.

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KEF, Project Audio & Unison Research Unite to Excite!

Join Myself and Jason along with the help from Nick - Henley Designs (Project Audio / Unison Research) & Nick - KEF this Thursday 26th November 4:00 - 8:00pm to hear the wonderful Unison Research tube amplifiers, Project Turntables & KEF speakers.

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The Audiofiles: A Musician's Hi-Fi Odyssey

I had a Sony 'boombox' when I was younger (I can't remember how old I was). I remember listening to a record of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker when I was about 8 years old. It was the first music I really loved. My paternal Grandparents bought me a cassette tape of it around the same time; I still have that. 

My Dad had an all in one music system (not sure which make) with a record player on top. There was also a record of Billy Connolly's "Wreck on Tour" (c1974?) which I listened to so many times, I knew a lot of it word for word. One of my brothers gave me a tape of Queen’s album The Works. I fell in love with Queen and went on to acquire a number of their albums. I was lucky enough to see the Queen Musical twice, and to see Brian May and Kerry Ellis perform at the Albert Hall a few years ago. When I was studying for an MA (Kingston, 2002-03), I wrote about Queens music for Highlander and Flash; and had an email reply from Brian (via the Queen Fan Club) about Highlander.

I remember first seeing a What Hi-Fi? magazine in an art class at secondary school (91-96) - which we were cutting up and using for a collage.

New Adventures in Hi-FI
The first Hi-Fi system I got was a Marantz PM44 amp. There was a Marantz CD63 CD player as well; I can't remember if it was mine or my Dads. I had a Pioneer PD-S703? CD player which was unusual as you had to put the CD in upside down. I had an Aiwa tape player (AD-F450 I believe) that cost around £100 at the time, and a NAD tuner. I had some rubbish no-name speakers, which I upgraded to some Mission 731's (maybe £150?), which were great fun.

I bought some Monitor Audio floorstanding speakers (Pictured) with some money (£400) I inherited when I was 16. I remember wanting to set them up but my parents wouldn't let me because I had to study for my GCSE’s. I used part of a pay cheque to buy a Roksan Kandy amp (£575) around 98 or 99. My parents gave me an REL subwoofer for my 18th birthday (98).

Monitor Audio Floorstanders 
When I received compensation, for injuries I suffered in a road accident it allowed me to do a major upgrade. One of the Focal speakers is worth more than both of the Monitor Audio speakers I’d owned previously! I hope they will last me a similar length of time - 18 years!

Next Hi-Fi Upgrade
I look forward to adding a separate DAC and Power Supply to the Naim components as funds permit.  The biggest upgrade for me now, would simply to have the space to appreciate them.

It's All About The Music
I’ve got lots of (mostly old, some new) LPs. I recently purchased a re-pressing of a Led Zeppelin album. I love the tangible aspect of vinyl, as well as the audio quality.  I’ve seen the Queen branded limited edition Rega turntable in this months What Hi-Fi? and it looks amazing!

When I bought the Naim system, I gave the Roksan and Pioneer to my Dad but he doesn't use them much.
Living at home, means it's often difficult to listen to music at the volume I want to, so I usually only use the Hi-Fi when he's not around (like today).  Otherwise I use my iMac.  I’ve also got some Sennheiser HD-650 headphones (last year, £300) which are a great upgrade from the pair I bought with my student overdraft back in '99 for £140.  I lived in a detached house on my own for around 7 months between October '14 and May '15. It was great to be able to listen to loud music, even relatively loud music at 3am.  I'm looking forward to being able to do so again.

A Slice of Hi-Fi Heaven at Home 
Thank You For The Music
I just shared this on my Cheeky Promo Facebook group; "I purchased some Naim Audio Hi-Fi, CD player, amp, phono stage for my existing Rega Research PH & Rega USA Planar turntable and Focal Aria 926 speakers [total cost £5000 including off-shelf prices + kind discount] from the Reading branch of Audio T last year. I received great customer service and found the staff very friendly and flexible. I appreciated one of them delivering the speakers in their own vehicle to my home address (in SW London) as I was unable to transport them myself. I'm really enjoying all of the new hi-fi."

Someone commented: "You are part of a dying breed of people who listen to music in high quality."

With most people listening on their mobile phones, or on their computers I wonder how much of the music people are actually hearing? 

What got me hooked on music? That's another story..... although the Tchaikovsky is part of it.


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Project's Debut Carbon Esprit SB is now on demo in Audio T Enfield!

The Debut Carbon Esprit SB offers unrivalled performance and versatility at its price point and is often referred to as the audiophile "best buy" 3-speed turntable.

The Debut Carbon Esprit SB represents a perfect selection of truly great ingredients. To start with a new DC power supply is coupled with a low noise TPE decoupled AC motor, controlled by a built in Speed Box. In practice this relates to precise 33 / 45 / 78 RPM speeds, improved pitch and timing.

Next up the platter, the Esprit version moves away from a metal platter, to a superior non resonant acrylic one. The use of acrylic eliminates high frequency "ringing" or "brightness" as heard with many metal alternatives, instead it provides a neutral blank canvas for the music to play from.

The tonearm is an impressive 8.6" single piece carbon fibre tube, a material primarily used on high-end tonearms. This provides stiffness and reduces unwanted resonances.

The ever popular Ortofon 2M Red cart is pre-fitted which delights listeners with precise timing and accurate detail. In order to play back 78 speed records the Ortofon 2M 78 stylus can also be purchased (changing the supplied drive belt would also be necessary).

The fun doesn't stop there, why not audition Project's Record Puck as a first upgrade to obtain a bigger & better organised soundstage. Secondly why not try Project's Connect-IT Phono RCA-CC upgraded external tone arm cabling to retrieve the very best performance out of this stunning turntable.

Book your demo today. The Project Debut Carbon Esprit SB is also available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxford,PortsmouthPrestonSwanseaSwindon

Audio T
159A Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW

Tel: 0208 367 3132
Email: enfield@audio-t.co.uk

High quality music streaming with Naim's UnitiServe!

The Naim UnitiServe rips, stores & plays all of your favourites.

Ripping on to the UnitiServe couldn't be much simpler, insert your CD & wait, ripping can be monitored using the n-serve app (pictured below). Once it has finished the CD is automatically ejected. On rare occasions the album artwork can be incorrect, however simply edit using the n-serve app by pressing "edit" then "change cover".

Storing HD music bought online or any other music not ripped by the UnitiServe, is achieved by copying and pasting into the UnitiServe's downloads folder.

Playing back your music using just the UnitiServe requires a DAC or an amp with digital inputs. Once you have this in place simply press play using the n-serve app to enjoy all of your music. Please note further improvements can be made if Naim's ND5 XS, NDX, or NDS network players are used to playback your music.

The importance of any streaming system begins at the source. Where are you storing your music? We conducted a simple test of ripping a CD to the UnitiServe then we listened, verses copying the same ripped album by the UnitiServe onto a cheaper alternative NAS (plugged in via a switch) and then played back using the UnitiServe.

Surprisingly the results were quite different, playing back the music from the UnitiServe's internal hard drive appeared smoother, cleaner & more rhythmic, despite the music being identical in quality and ripped by the same disk drive. In some ways most NAS drives are the CD Transports of the streaming world. Get it right. Get a Naim server.

Book a demo today!

Audio-T

159A Chase Side

Enfield

EN2 0PW

Tel: 0208 367 3132

E-mail: enfield@audio-t.co.uk

Arcam's A39 makes itself heard at Audio T Enfield

Arcam's 40 years of audio engineering knowledge gives birth to a new ground breaking amplifier design. We are very pleased to introduce the Arcam A39 two channel stereo integrated amplifier!

The A39 is equipped with 2 pairs of speaker outputs, a MM phono stage, 6 phono inputs, a 3.5mm aux input, a 6v accessory power output (rSeries products), headphone amplifier, record output & a pre out.

The A39 sets new standards of clean & distortion free audio, making the competition sound "masked" or "veiled" in comparison. This is largely down to the 120 watt Class G amplifier inside. The most interesting part of the A39 amplifier design is that the first 20 watts is pure Class A, while the remaining 100 watts is in Class AB.

Listen to Arcam's new Class G amplifiers today

Give us a call to book a demo

 Audio T

159a Chase Side
Enfield
EN2 0PW
0208 367 3132
enfield@audio-t.co.uk

*The Arcam brand is also stocked at other Audio T stores - read more about Arcam and which stores it is available from.